Top winners rise to occasion at Wiscasset Speedway
Wiscasset — It was a clear, cool evening and fans packed in for a full program as Wiscasset Speedway's Group One division was on the schedule Saturday night, Sept. 14 with action in New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stocks, Thunder 4 Minis, ProStocks, Super Stocks and the Flex race of the week was the North East Pro 4 Tour.
While several drivers came close in their pursuit of a first win, it was, in fact, the top winners that stepped up to claim their place in victory lane.
New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stocks rolled out the first feature with Craig Dunn gunning for his third straight feature win. He was flanked by Jeff Prindall and Bob Patten. Dunn took advantage of his rare front row starting position and quickly established a three-car length advantage over Prindall. While the lead pair pulled away, positions shuffled back in the field as Patten slipped to the back. Dunn held a comfortable cushion for the duration of the 25-laps caution-free feature, driving to his third straight win.
Prindall kept the leader within sight, but never was able to mount a challenge. He settled for his track-high fifth runner-up finish of the season. Dave Patton raced from his sixth starting position to claim the final spot in victory lane.
The 15-lap Thunder 4 feature had plenty of passing. Kevin Sherman of Wiscasset jumped from his fourth starting position and grabbed the lead from Leandre Martin on the second lap of the race. From there he withstood a lap-four restart and held off challenges from Cody Tribbet and Ryan Chadwick. For Sherman, it was his third feature win of the season, matching Jamie Heath for the most wins in the class. Tribbet stayed in Sherman's tire tracks for most of the race, but settled for the runner-up finish.
Chadwick had the most eventful drive to victory lane. He started on the second row, but quickly dropped in the pack with shifter problems. He took advantage of the race's only caution on lap four and raced back to challenge Tribbet on the final lap. He ended with a third place finish.
The 30-lap Pro Stock race was a straight-forward, caution-free race. Bill Penfold of Oxford started at the pole position and withstood a strong challenge from Mike Orr over the first half of the race. Penfold went on to claim his third straight feature win and fourth of the season overall. Orr tried the outside lane on the race leader but was overmatched in each challenge. He brought his machine home with a season-best second-place finish. Steve Reny of Boothbay returned to his home track for the first time in several years and turned in a respectable third-place finish.
The Northeast Pro 4 Tour rolled onto the track next for its only Maine appearance and a 30-lap feature. Former Wiscasset Ministock champ Bryan Lancaster turned in a dominant performance on the way to the feature win. The race actually was shortened by 10 laps after an early wreck in turn three that collected a third of the field. Lancaster's victory made him the tour's only repeat winner. Desmond Skillings of Antrim, N.H. and Nick Skillings of Warner, N.H. claimed the remaining spots in victory lane.
The Super Stock Division rolled out the final race of the night with a 25-lap spotlight feature. Teammates Josh Bailey and James Osmond started side by side on the front row. The two waged a hard-fought, side-by-side battle over the first five laps, but Osmond finally took the lead by lap seven. A half straightway behind was another strong battle between teammates Bobby Mesimer and Adam Chadbourne.
The only caution of the race came on lap 20 for a spin between Dan Nesmith and Bob Seger Jr. On the ensuing restart Bailey was able to lead a lap on the outside, but it was short-lived. Osmond reestablished his lead a lap later. From there he cruised to his fifth feature win of 2013. Bailey turned in one of his best runs with his runner-up finish. Mesimer won the battle with Chadbourne to claim the third-place trophy.
The individual results from Sept. 14 racing were:
New England 4-Cylinder Prostocks (25 laps) — 1, Craig Dunn, Strong; 2, Jeff Prindall, Lisbon; 3, Dave Patten, Windham; 4, Kamren Knowles, Farmingdale; 5, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; and 6, Bob Patten, Windham
Thunder 4 Mini (15 laps) — 1, Kevin Sherman, Wiscasset; 2, Cody Tribbet, Richmond; 3, Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset; 4, Dan Trask, Chelsea; 5, Leandre Martin, Richmond; 6, Curtis Anderson, Richmond; 7, Nate Tribbet, Richmond; 8, Alex Runci, Frankfort; 9, Jeff Davis, Woolwich; and 10, Kyia Roussel, no town given.
Pro Stock (30 laps) — 1, Bill Penfold, Oxford; 2, Mike Orr, Wiscasset; 3, Steve Reny, Boothbay; 4, Shane Lane, Kingfield; and 5, Dylan Turner, Freedom.
Northeast Pro 4 Tour (25 laps) — 1, Bryan Lancaster, Skowhegan; 2, Desmond Skillings, Antrim, N.H.; 3, Nick Skillings, Warner, N.H.; 4, Ken McIlvain, Epping, N.H.; 5, Darrell Moore, Oxford; 6, Jimmy Childs, Leeds; and 7, Matt Moore, Mechanic Falls.
Super Stocks (25 laps) — 1, James Osmond, Wiscasset; 2, Josh Bailey, Wiscasset; 3, Bobby Mesimer, Woolwich; 4, Dan Nesmith, Wiscasset; 5, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 6, Joe Creamer, Woolwich; 7, Zac Creamer, Woolwich; and 8, Bob Seger Jr., Frankfort.
Ken Minott writes for Wiscasset Speedway.